Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Comp-neuro] PhD opportunities at Imperial College London in the Clopath lab

PhD opportunities in Computational Neuroscience.

Computational Neuroscience Laboratory
Headed by Dr. Claudia Clopath      
Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London

The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Claudia Clopath, is looking for a talented PhD student, interested in working in the field of computational neuroscience, specifically addressing questions of learning and memory. The PhD position is fully funded, and has a flexible starting date. The perfect candidate has a strong mathematical, physical or engineering background (or equivalent), and a keen interest in biological and neural systems. Demonstrated programming skills are a plus. This position is restricted to EU citizens. More information can be found at:

-----------------Research topic:-----------------
Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience, yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process called synaptic plasticity. Using mathematical and computational tools, it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales, which helps understand how different types of memory are formed. The PhD candidate will be working to build those models of synaptic plasticity, and study the functional role of synaptic plasticity in artificial neural networks. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with experimental laboratories, which study connectivity changes and behavioural learning.

-----------------The lab:-----------------
The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory is very young and dynamic, and publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. The lab is at Imperial College London, the 3rd ranked university in Europe, and is located in the city centre of London.

-----------------How to apply:-----------------
Candidates should send a single pdf file, consisting of a 1-page motivation letter, CV, and names and contact information of two references, to, with the subject containing 'PHD2014'. The position remains open until filled, but applications received first will be first considered.

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